It’s been a while since I’ve been able to post my reviews since my laptop broke, so I’m excited to have a temporary laptop to use to get everything up! Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley is my first 5 start read of 2021 and while it’s been about a month since I’ve read it, it’s a book that I think about often. A huge thank you to Macmillan Publishing for sending me an e-ARC of this book!
There are some trigger warnings to be aware of before reading this book: drug abuse, physical abuse, sexual assault, murder, suicide.
When I finished reading Firekeeper’s Daughter I couldn’t fathom how I could possibly put all the thoughts and emotions I felt while reading this book into words for a review. Angeline Boulley’s debut novel was an incredibly powerful read and it has been a long while since I finished a book and had to sit in a quiet room to process a book’s contents.
Firekeeper’s Daughter follows the story of Daunis Fontaine, a bi-racial woman who was the product of a scandalous teen pregnancy between a wealthy white woman and a man from a nearby Ojibwe community. While she dreams of enrolling in medicine, family tragedies throw off her plans and she decides to take a year off to attend a local college to be near her family. After witnessing a tragic murder, Daunis is thrust into a massive criminal investigation and is asked to work as a confidential informant. She quickly discovers that not everyone is who they claim to be and that the investigation may bring more harm than good to her community.
This book left me with a heavy heart and the second I turned the last page, I already found myself missing Daunis, her family, and her community. I could probably go on forever about how much I adore Daunis. She is such a strong character who is incredibly witty and smart. Throughout the book, she often struggles to find a place in both sides of her ethnicity, despite having deep connections with her Ojibwe heritage, and must deal with others who try to control her ethnicity for her.
I highly recommend going into Firekeeper’s Daughter knowing as little as possible. There are so many twists and surprises that I definitely didn’t see coming. Firekeeper’s Daughter was released on March 16th and is available now at your local bookstore. (And a quick tip for those who are looking for a copy without the Reese’s Bookclub sticker, I’ve heard that the UK editions don’t have them and can be purchased from Book Depository or Blackwells with free shipping. Just make sure to check the ISBN).